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Vrajendra Gaur: A Kohinoor among writers

Friday, August 02, 2013
By Suneel V. Gaur & Rajesh V. Gaur

Though writer Vrajendra Gaur passed away, aged 55, many years ago the memories of his writings are very much alive, thanks to the brilliant films he wrote. Sons SUNEEL V. GAUR and RAJESH V. GAUR chronicle the career graph of the popular writer who wrote the films—Kati Patang, Sharmeelee, Saraswatichandra, The Great Gambler among others—on the occasion of his death anniversary which falls on August 7.

Actor Dharamendra for whom he wrote a few films reminisces, “Vrajendra Gaur saab was a very jovial, friendly and simple person despite being one of the best writers of Hindi films. I had the good fortune of working with him in a few films which he wrote. He was a very gifted and rare talent indeed. Today, anyone who picks up a pen calls himself a writer, but Gaur saab was a real ‘Kohinoor’ among writers.”

Superstar Amitabh Bachchanji remembers Gaur very fondly and says, “Vrajendra Gaur was one of the most gifted dialogue writers I ever worked with. He was a dear friend of mine and we were planning another film together before his untimely death”.

Gaur was a leading dialogue writer in addition to screenplay and story writing in the Hindi film industry. He would say, “The dialogue writer holds an important place in Indian film making.

He is the one who grafts flesh on the skeletal story with which a film usually begins.”

The hardworking and amiable Gaur was born in Etawah and took to writing for films at the early age of 19. In a career spanning 35 years, he wrote approximately 75 films. He was essentially a literary man and two of his novels he wrote before Independence were filled with patriotic fervor.

The books: Qalkatte Ka Qatleaam and Parole Par, obviously incurred the wrath of the then British government who banned them.

In a career spanning more than 35 years, Gaur won a host of awards for his screen writing including two Filmfare awards for the screenplay and dialogue of Dulhan Wohi Jo piya Man Bhaye.

He was also the President of the Film Writers Association for some time.

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